Writer for Rent
Lately, I have been finding myself using the phrase, "This is not my first rodeo" rather a lot. I am not sure where I picked it up (I don't know any cowboys) and I certainly have never been to a rodeo, but for some reason it has lodged itself into my vocabulary and I have been finding a multitude of occasions to use it. It could because saying "Oh, yeah, I've seen this situation before and this is what will most likely happen" is boring in comparison. Yet the truth is that after being in the writing/marketing/advertising industry for two plus decades, there really isn't a whole lot of "new" that is surprising. Sure, there is new technology all the time that is amazing, but that is not surprising - technology is always changing, and industries always disappear while new ones are invented. I didn't see the internet coming, even though I was a student of science fiction during my youth. I did think we would have flying cars by now, though. Everything changes all the time. Except for people. That's the crux of the meaning behind "this is not my first rodeo." People who have always acted with integrity, will continue to do so, overall. There will always be cheaters, liars, scammers and people looking for short cuts. Good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people. There is never one right answer to a complex problem. What works one time may fail abysmally the next. Why? Because eveything changes all the time. The thing is I am not surprised by this, nor dismayed, I just accept and move forward. (Because there is no going back.) After all, I've done this before...or something like it.
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